In two weeks time Seaside may have a new leader to take the seat vacated by long-time Mayor Don Larson who stepped down in November. Failing health was cited as the reason for Larson's departure from the post and now it's up to the council members to decide who will serve the remaining term until the January following the next general city election in 2018.
Now that the Halloween pumpkin and Thanksgiving turkey have had their turn in the seasonal spotlight, the public turns its attention to another Oregon agricultural product: the Christmas tree. How about cutting your own this year? Many people do and find it a fun family experience. Here are some resources we've collected to help you find just the right tree this year.
The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public comment on a petition requesting the Board open rulemaking for certain waterways in Clatsop County.
The existing rule prohibits the operation of a motorboat at a speed in excess of 5-mph on the Skipanon waterway. The petitioner is requesting the speed restriction be removed from the area north of the Hampton Mill to the confluence of the Columbia River and the 5-mph designation be amended to read, "slow-no wake." Additionally, the petitioner proposes "5 mph" be replaced by "slow-no wake" on:
* the John Day River within 200 feet of a houseboat;
* Knappa Slough within 200 feet of the Knappa Dock; and
* Warren Slough;
* Svensen Slough between the Svensen Island Bridge and Bear Creek, as marked.
Former Astoria City Councilor Doug Thompson asked the city council to slow things down and be sure to include more public participation on the final design concepts for waterfront improvements along the river walk downtown.
Thompson was responding to city council discussion involving some design options for the new connector bridges that are being replaced on several downtown street ends. Thompson told the council that in his experience the city would get a better project if the public was allowed to have a say in the final design replacing the current wooden structure that the Astoria Trolley runs across.
The council and city staff responded by planning for a public outreach sometime after the holidays. The date will be announced once it has been set. The council approved a preliminary design layout with a preferred option but indicated there would still be time to make adjustments depending on public input.
There will be an automatic recount of ballots cast in the Nov. 8 General Election for a Warrenton City Commission contest.
The Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Department on Wednesday released the final vote count from the election. The tally showed the totals for the Position 1 race on the Warrenton commission as 1,120 votes for Pam Ackley to 1,115 for Ryan Lampi.
Ballots for the Nov. 8, 2016 General Election will be mailed out to all Clatsop County voters starting Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Information about the candidate, races and measures appearing on the ballot will be in the voters’ pamphlet that voters will see in their mailboxes about the same time as ballots. The county voters’ pamphlet will be inserted into the state voters’ pamphlet for the November election.
Road construction on U.S. 30 is moving westward now with crews wrapping up work East of Clatskanie and heading toward Astoria which will mean some traffic delays. The work consists of repaving the roadway along U.S. 30 between Clatskanie and Astoria and identifies the area as Wonderly – Swedetown & Gnat Creek – Burnside Lp affecting the areas from mile post 50.34 to 60.91 and 79.52 to 87.66.
The Clatsop County District Attorney's Office has announced that Murder charges have been filed against Christian Wilkins, age 37 and Adeena Copell, age 40 in Clatsop County Circuit Court Wednesday for the homicide of Howard Vinge, age 71, whose body was found wrapped in material by the side of US Highway 30 about 3 miles east of Astoria on September 30, 2016. Both Wilkins and Copell were Clatsop County residents.
In an effort to recapture more unused prescription medications sitting in medicine cabinets in Clatsop county Columbia Memorial Hospital, in cooperation with the Clatsop Pacific Coordinated Care Agency, are making a new collection site available in the Park Medical Building.
Unused prescription drug drop off sites have been available locally for several years but only at police stations. In a news release CMH spokesman Paul Mitchell states, “Prior to a regulation change by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in late 2014, police departments were the only drop-off locations for unused medications. As a result, most people resorted to throwing medication in the trash, flushing them down the toilet or storing them at home.”
A pilot project to install a new feature for downtown Astoria gained council approval Monday night. The “Parklet” project on 11th street is being undertaken by the property owners and will be located adjacent to the sidewalk fronting Cargo and the Imogen Gallery. The parklet is no wider than a parking space and in this case will extend to cover one parking space and what is normally a designated loading zone which will make this parklet about 40 feet long. Under normal circumstances a parklet would only take up one on-street parking space. The completed design offers ADA access and a perimeter fence on the street side. It will feature seating and it is intended for public use. The construction is composed of recycled wood and the flooring is made from recycled plastic bottles. This is a temporary installation that can be removed at anytime either by the owners or at city direction. This is a two year pilot project to test the concept.